John ‘Chris’ Christopher, Jr., age 53, of Blanchard, passed away Monday, June 7, 2021. He was born February 9, 1968, in Woodward, Oklahoma. At Woodward High School, Chris was involved in many activities including, being a line man on the WHS Varsity football team, member of the WHS Senior Band, an avid participant in the Woodward County 4-H Clubs. He then graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in Photography. While at the University of Oklahoma, Chris became a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter of Beta Omicron and a member of The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band as a tuba player. Following graduation Chris and LaDawn moved to Dallas, TX, to purse his graphic art career. One of his favorite positions held was Art Director of the Dallas Arboretum where he was able to put his love of design and photography together. His professional career as a graphic designer was cut short due to persistent cancer; however, he still provided artistic input in all areas of his life.
Chris had many hobbies including being a talented graphic designer, photography, woodworking, listening to music of all genres, metal detecting. He enjoyed assisting in coaching the Little League baseball and football teams while his sons participated, and trying his luck with cards at the Poker table. Chris was also very mechanically inclined and could fix just about anything. He served as Vice President in the Central Oklahoma Metal Detecting Club, and was Secretary for the Optimist Club of Moore.
A loving husband, father, son and brother, Chris will also be remembered as a warrior through his 15 year battle with cancer. Through all the ups and downs, he always persevered.
Chris is survived by his wife of 27 years, LaDawn Christopher; two sons, Jace Christopher and Semyon Christopher; his father, John ‘Chris’ Christopher, Sr. and his wife Carmen; one sister, Carol Stoecker; two brothers-in-law, Mike Buck, and Roy Don May and his wife Gina; seven nieces, and surprisingly no nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha ‘Marty’ Christopher; and one sister, Jonna Buck. He was loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends he considered family.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to “Forever Yours” Dog Rescue, PO Box 890547, Oklahoma City, OK 73189.
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